Education Sector

Australia data breach: 90,000 staff, students, suppliers impacted at Melbourne Polytechnic

Adam Bannister reports: UPDATED A higher education institution in Victoria, Australia, has disclosed a data breach impacting the personal data of around 90,000 staff, students, and suppliers. In a security alert issued yesterday (March 11), Melbourne Polytechnic said Victoria Police had notified them that an individual who attended the campus in late 2018 had “obtained unauthorised access...

University of Hertfordshire avoids data breach action by UK watchdog

Charlie Osborne reports: The University of Hertfordshire has avoided an investigation by the ICO into its data-sharing practices after exposing student information. The security incident took place in November 2019, in which a bulk email promoting an art lecture also included an attachment containing the names and email addresses of approximately 2,000 students. Read...

All bets off as children’s data is leaked

ITPro reports: The way that the Department for Education (DfE) handles sensitive data on children and students needs a thorough independent investigation, experts argue, following revelations that one of its datasets had been used to help betting companies target new customers. The data scare was flagged in an investigation by The Sunday Times, but IT Pro’s...

Computer systems at University of Kentucky and UK HealthCare hobbled by massive, month-long cyber attack

Alex Acquisto reports: The University of Kentucky and UK HealthCare conducted a major reboot of their computer systems early Sunday morning in an effort to end a month-long cyber attack that university officials say is the most substantial cyber intrusion in university history. The unidentified “threat actors” infiltrated Kentucky’s largest university system in early...